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Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate # 96

September 6, 2016

Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric's 1981 book “Matni Udar”.


Black to play and mate White

(Find the solution and the cook)


Khan v Bernstein, Paris 1926


I spent a lot of my time on this one, trying to spoil the cook that I spotted as soon as I saw what I knew was the 'solution'.

1…Rf2 2 Re6? Qe2! struck me immediately, but so 2 Rdd1 (which is followed by 2…Rc2, and Black is better) and more or less just as quickly by 2 h3!, same idea of avoiding back rank mate tictacs whilst keeping the Rd6 in a menacing position.

After 2….Rc2 3 Qe4 White has compensation in terms of centralised pieces and an advanced passed e pawn and the game is unclear.


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